Rockies' Oberg Gets 'Scary' Medical News, Likely Done For The Year
Aug 22, 2016 09:53PM
By Bill Gilman
Colorado Rockies reliever Scott Oberg, of Tewksbury. (Photo courtesy of Rockies Twitter account.)
A roller-coaster season for Colorado Rockies' reliever Scott Oberg looks like it may have come to a screeching halt.
The Tewksbury native has been placed on the 15-Day disabled lift after being diagnosed with blood clots in his right arm. Technically, the condition is known as axillary artery thrombosis
In a report published by the Rocky Mountain News, Rockies' manager Walt Weiss said that in the big picture, Oberg is very lucky.
“He went for some tests yesterday that showed some clots,” Weiss said. “It’s a scary situation anytime you’re talking about blood clots. It’s a good thing we got on it early. It was scary news when we got that, but I think they’re taking care of it as we speak and he’s going to be OK. But it’s tough news for Scottie.”
Oberg has appeared in 24 games during three separate stints with the Rockies this season. He is 1-1, with one save and a 5.19 ERA. The hard-throwing righty had been pitching very well after his most recent call-up from Albuquerque, dropping his ERA to 3.32 as of Aug. 5.
However, over the past two weeks, Oberg has had several shaky outings and began to experience tightness in his arm, leading to the medical exam.
While he is only on the 15-day disabled list, it is expected Oberg will be put on the shelf for the rest of the season to give him the maximum opportunity to rehab.